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Nigeria ruling party hit by defections; becomes minority in Senate

BY: Graphic.com.gh
President Muhammadu Buhari appears to be putting on a brave face following a wave of defections
President Muhammadu Buhari appears to be putting on a brave face following a wave of defections

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari appears to be putting on a brave face following a wave of defections of lawmakers from his All Progressive Congress (APC) party on Tuesday.

Fifteen Nigerian senators left the APC with 38 members of the lower house set to follow suit in a sign of growing rifts in the Buhari’s political camp.

It was first fourteen of the 15 lawmakers who left the APC to join the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a letter read on the Senate floor on Tuesday stated.

Another senator later left the ruling APC while parliament was in session.

In a tweet, President Muhammadu Buhari wished them "the very best":

The defections, and the suggestion that there may be more to come, have taken place just weeks after a faction within the party said it no longer backed Buhari. The fissures threaten to split support for Buhari within powerful patronage networks and among voters ahead of the presidential poll scheduled for February 2019 that will decide who runs Africa’s top oil producer.